Hello everyone! I'm delighted to have been chosen to review A Respectable Actress written by Dorothy Love. To see more reviews, please visit Litfuse where you can find more reviews of this novel!
About the book:
"A Respectable Actress (Thomas Nelson, October 2015)
When India Hartley is accused of murder, she must uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.
India Hartley, a famous and beautiful actress, is now alone after her father's death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah's Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night's performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India is arrested and accused of the crime.
A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best---and handsomest---lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice in order to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.
Because India can't go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia low country and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip's dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her."
What I thought:
This is the first novel I've read authored by Dorothy Love, but I don't think it will be the last! From the first few pages, this book is a page turner. It is a historical fiction, and the author does a fantastic job of "teaching" the history of the period through the work, but beyond that it is a mystery/suspense novel. India Hartley is an actress during a period of time when actors and actresses were not the major celebrities they are today. A performance goes terribly wrong, and now she's thrust into a court battle when she's accused of murdering her co-actor. Philip Sinclair rushes in to help, but India starts to uncover secrets and things that put her suspicions on high alert. This is where the author does a brilliant job at weaving a "who done it" style web in such an intricately unique manner that even I was taken at the ending! I'm usually very good at "getting it" with in the first couple of chapters, but that was not the case with A Respectable Actress!
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review, nor compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own.**